NortonLifeLock will soon release a feature for Norton 360 that is not commonly found in antivirus programs: An integrated miner that will allow users to mine for Ethereum. The company will begin to give selected participants in its initial access program access to the feature today, even though it intends to make Norton Crypto available to all customers in the coming weeks.
The security software company promotes the miner as a function designed to “protect” the “ever-evolving digital lives of its customers”. Norton says it will usually have to disable antivirus programs to manage miners, since security programs typically block them, but its own miner will obviously be able to run next to its antivirus product.
Norton Crypto uses the GPU of a mining device for Ethereum, which users can then transfer to a portfolio that is stored in the cloud to prevent accidental loss due to hardware failure. As well as BleepingComputer note, however, that Ethereum is quite difficult to mine especially in the last few months, so user efforts can be pooled to have a better chance of undermining a blockchain. In this case, participants will have to share their winnings, and Norton may take a small step forward.
Gagan Singh, head of product at NortonLifeLock said in a statement:
“We are proud to be the first consumer cyber safety company to offer coinminers the ability to securely and easily turn downtime on their PCs into an opportunity to earn digital money. With Norton Crypto , our customers can leverage cryptocurrency with just a few clicks, avoiding many barriers to entry into the cryptocurrency ecosystem. ”
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